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- A dog owner launched a desperate search to find her four-legged friend after it was apparently stolen by passersby from outside the IKEA store in Red Hook, Brooklyn
- Ana, a blonde shepherd/cattle dog mix with golden eyes and large pointy ears, went missing Saturday night, her owner Wenfei Tong told News 4
- Thankfully, Tong and were reunited on Monday due to some help from social media and local police
A beloved pet is back together with her owner after the four-legged friend was apparently stolen by passersby from outside the IKEA store in Brooklyn.
Wenfei Tong told News 4 that their pet Ana was taken Saturday from outside the well-known furniture chain in Red Hook at around 6:15 p.m.
"Guard/ staff apparently tried to ring me but got the number on the tag wrong, and basically let these people go off with her, and I can’t get a straight answer from anyone about exactly what happened," Tong told News 4, adding they just moved from Alaska and Montana to New York.
"I didn't realize it was so risky to leave a dog unattended in New York," Tong said. "I'm not used to this urban environment."
Tong filed a police report for a petty felony and cops said they were going to alert all the police stations in the area and put up signs. According to Tong, Ana was wearing her collar, rabies tag, her name and Tong's number, and is also microchipped.
Thankfully, due in part to word getting spread on social media, Tong and Ana — the blonde shepherd/cattle dog mix with golden eyes and large pointy ears — were reunited Monday afternoon, with the pair taking a photo showing how happy both were to see one another.
Tong also promised never to leave Ana unattended again.
James Peterson, who also was recently reunited with his lost dog, said people "should be able to" leave their pets for a short time, but also need to use common sense.
"New York's the safest big city in the country, but you still gotta use common sense especially with your property — your car, your home, your animal," Peterson said.